IF YOU GO

Where: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays

Where: Orchard Park, at the corner of Orchard Avenue and West Main Street in Farmington

More info: 505-599-1419

Dates

May 30: Second Chance Band

June 6: Nite Owl Band

June 13: Off the Interstate

June 20: Donny Johnson

June 27: Terry Rickard

July 4: Grant & Randy

July 11: Nite Owl Band

July 18: Off the Interstate

July 25: The Cooltones

FARMINGTON — Judy Whittenberg sat on a bench at Farmington's Orchard Park and listened to music as her sons, 8-month-old Shamus Hawkins and 5-year-old Shawn Gutierrez, played in the nearby water fountain.

Whittenberg and her sons were at the park for the summer TGIF concert series, which kicked off on Friday with The Cooltones, a retro-rock cover band.

"I just love the sunshine and the music," she said.

Whittenberg said she stops by the concert series every year.

"I think it's so cute to see the little old people dancing to the music," she said.

She added she hopes when she's older, she can be in love like the seniors she sees dancing to the music at TGIF.

From left, Shawn Gutierrez, 5, Lily Kvech, 4, Micah Mann, 4, Troy Kvech, 1, and 8-month-old Shamus Hawkins play in the water foundation on Friday at the
From left, Shawn Gutierrez, 5, Lily Kvech, 4, Micah Mann, 4, Troy Kvech, 1, and 8-month-old Shamus Hawkins play in the water foundation on Friday at the first TGIF of the year in Orchard Park in Farmington. (Megan Farmer/The Daily Times)

Shamus and Shawn were joined in the fountain by other children, including Micah Mann, 4. His mother, Stephenie Mann, stood nearby and watched him play, holding his brother, 11-month-old Ezra Mann.

"We love coming here," Stephenie Mann said. "We come every time."

Micah said his favorite part of TGIF is the water and the snow cones.

His mother laughed. She said when she told her son they were going to TGIF he said, "I remember that. They have snow cones."

While the concerts in the park are popular with children, the event also provides something for people of all ages.

Patients from Cedar Ridge Nursing Home took the bus over to the park Friday and ate hot dogs and hamburgers provided by Three Rivers Restaurant while sitting in the shade.

Eleanor Herrera, a certified nursing assistant at the home, said TGIF is something the patients look forward to each week.

"They like going out, having some fun and listening to the music," she said.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.